Foundational Talking Points
The scenario I hated most in sports and recreation ministry is when someone asked what I did for a living. I realize the response gave me a witnessing opportunity, but when I would share I was a sports and recreation minister the response was, “What is that” or “Wow, so you get paid for having fun.” It is not much better being a college instructor in the same field.
During my time as a local church sports and recreation pastor my own father would ask me what was going on at work and I would tell him all the plans for different sports leagues, craft classes, and fitness programs. There would always be a silent moment on the phone before he would ask “And, they pay you for this, right?”
Another hated scenario was when church people considered what we did in sports and recreation ministry to be of lesser value than the “real” ministries of the church. Even as a forty-year-old minister people wondered what kind of ministry I wanted to perform when I “grew up.” I think I dealt with that attitude more than I did the former clarification of career above.
One of the features of becoming sports and recreation ministry certified is the broad education one receives about “all we do” in this venue. Some of the titles even use theological “big words” in case you need to impress your pastor. Imagine answering the “what do you do for a living” question with a fully armed biblical answer. Can you perceive what the response might be to the “grown up” ministry dilemma being addressed by conveying important philosophical principles to the wonderer.
When a minister arms himself or herself with a foundational response to why we do what we do, the questions and the jokes about our career path seem to diminish. When a response has a foundationally sound philosophy, the question about our place in the ministry food chain a person gains more understanding of why we do what we do.
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Dr. Greg Linville was one of the founding members of CSRM and has served as the Executive Director since 2000. He served for 15 years as a local church sports and recreation minister and coached over 30 years at the junior high, high school and collegiate levels as well as 30 years in rec. leagues. Dr. Linville has consulted with churches from Australia, Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand and North America. He was awarded the world's first honorary Doctorate in Sports Ministry and holds an earned Doctorate as well. He is the author of Christmanship: The Theology of Competition & Sport. Dr. Greg has been married for over 35 years, is the father of two married children and the grandfather of a growing number of grandchildren.